By Arthur W. Staats (auth.), Arthur W. Staats, Leendert P. Mos (eds.)
I were fascinated with developing a unified concept for a few years, in contemplating the kingdom of psychology's unity-disunity, and in usually try out ing to cajole our career to paintings on its unification. during this paintings i've got had the chance to turn into conversant in the works of a few different psychologists whose statements indicated they'd whatever to claim on those issues. I observed additionally that it might be very effective for psychology to have those participants tackle themselves to psychology's disunity-unity, consid ered as an issue that are meant to be faced and addressed. In 1983 i started to point that it was once my purpose to dedicate a ebook to the subject, as noticeable during the eyes of a bunch of well-liked psychologists occupied with comparable concerns. It was once very lucky from my viewpoint that Joseph Royce and later Leendert Mos, who have been modifying this sequence, have been attracted to this booklet. I authorised the former's invitation to do in the current sequence the ebook I had deliberate. even if i need to suppose accountability for number of the individuals, for the book's association, and for the 1st enhancing in their papers for substance, seasoned fessor Mos provided to assist in an article means and i'm such a lot thankful for his contributions to the formal modifying. the quantity is far enhanced due to his cautious efforts, which in a single case concerned rewriting material.
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Michael Argyle has said that" American psychology and especially social psychology ... tends to move in fashions. One year there will be a lot of people working on one or another aspect. Two years later something else .... By the time the stuff starts getting published, probably everybody's given up doing it . . and nobody is remotely interested" (quoted in Evans, 1978, p. 7). "From time to time the interests of the research are mobilized by themes or areas which appear new and important at the moment; but sooner or later these prove to be sterile or exhausted and they are abandoned" (Moscovici, 1972, p.
The manner in which the fields relate to each other, or should relate to each other, or the means by which such relationships are to be considered and worked out, have not been topics of concern in psychology. This fact by itself is a measure of the disinterest that the disunified science of psychology demonstrates for unification of its knowledge or in unification of the conduct of its inquiries. In any event, the fields of psychology provide sources of diversity and disorganization. Psychologists come to be clinical psychologists, educational psychologists, social psychologists, or whatever in a manner that cuts off their communication with each other.
It was then possible for the individual scientist personally to span existing knowledge. Today there are many scientists and research support is relatively abundant; psychology has inherited and created fruitful methods for producing knowledge; there are many sources of publication and many organizational entities ranging from the very large down to the small but parochial. These characteristics produce such a vast wealth of disorganized knowledge that the sheer quantity becomes a tremendous obstacle.
Annals of Theoretical Psychology by Arthur W. Staats (auth.), Arthur W. Staats, Leendert P. Mos (eds.)